An adaptation of Bedřich Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride. Set in 19th century Bohemia, the matchmaker Kezal wants to bring the mayor's daughter Marie and the rich landowner's son Wenzel together. Both of them, however, have already fallen in love with someone else. The endearing characters, a whimsical storyline and quiet humor combine with catchy tunes, a pastoral setting and fluid camera work. A last hurrah in the wanning days of Weimar cinema, by non-other than Max Ophüls. One of the early cinematic works of the prolific director, which he made a year before fleeing Germany after the Reichstagbrand. It probably provided a welcome distraction for German moviegoers during those turbulant times.
Cinematography: Franz Koch, Reimar Kuntze
Editing: Paul May (as Paul Ostermayr)
Production Design: Erwin Scharf
Script: Curt Alexander, Max Ophüls, Karel Sabina (libretto)
Hans: Willy Domgraf-Fassbaender
Marie: Jarmila Novotna
Kezal: Otto Wernicke
Micha: Hermann Kner
Agnes: Maria Janowska
Wenzel: Paul Kemp
Rudolph Brummer: Karl Valentin
Katinka Brummer: Liesl Karlstadt
Esmeralda: Annemarie Sörensen
The mayor: Max Nadler
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Please note that the subtitles are not public domain. They are released under a creative commons license. See copyright notice at the end of the film for contact information if you would like to use the subtitles commercially.
September 30, 2008 Subject:
Interesting, but a problem
The opera is certainly an interesting view, however the movie is complete at 116 minutes with the mpg1 and mpg4 versions and is partially missing 24 minutes in the mpg2 version. It would be nice to get that fixed.